Ford Fiesta 2003. I was told recently during a service that my power steering pump was leaking. I took it into the garage, they replaced it and the belt, steering was much smoother, but in doing so they managed to introduce a whole host of weird noises. Namely:
- Squealing when the wheels are turned just before full lock (wasn't there before)
- A thunk (power steering pump turning on) on cold ignition
- A loud whining sound, that I assume was the new power steering pump, proportional to the car's speed (or amount of gas pedal depression, not sure)
They said that it may just be a noisy pump and that if I had any problems I could bring it back for a warranty replacement. I did, they replaced it (for free at least) and it feels worse. Now I don't have power steering when the car is on a cold idle, it only kicks in (again, with a thunk) when I hit the gas for the first time. No issues driving the car from what I can tell though it feels a touch heavier than it was with the first new pump.
The fluid level looks OK, just on the max line and doesn't seem to be dropping - I wondered if it was just a case of getting the fluid around the system.
I can always give them a ring and ask them to take another look at it, but I'm tempted to go to another shop for a second opinion. Any thoughts what it could be?